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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Head of Department- Mr M Ireland
Teacher of Religious Studies and Head of Year – Mrs S Lewis
Teacher of Religious Studies – Mr S McDermot
Teacher of Religious Studies – Ms Lloyd

Philosophy and Religious Studies is about exploring how to live a fulfilled life and the diverse range of people with whom we share the planet. Philosophy and Religious Studies at Croesyceiliog School is highly popular amongst the students and is characterised by dynamic and innovative teaching and topical subject matter. The Philosophy and Religious Studies Department strives to open the minds of pupils to the diversity of beliefs, traditions and culture. The department also encourages students to reflect upon their own responses to the world in which they live.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils explore the phenomenology of religion through the religious traditions of Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity. In Year 9, pupils investigate a number of world issues and both religious and secular responses these. The department aims to bring issues to life by inviting guest speakers into school and arranging trips to the Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust Exhibition and Belmont Abbey.

All pupils in Key Stage 4 choose one of our highly popular GCSE courses (Short Course or Full Course) and will scrutinise a number of current topical issues ranging from Abortion to Animal Rights. These issues will be studied from both a Buddhist and Christian perspective, as well as taking into account secular and legal opinion. The exam board currently used is AQA. Students will also have the opportunity to quiz guest speakers and have the chance to attend a school trip to Rome.

The department is proud that Philosophy and Religious Studies is one of the most popular and successful subjects at AS and A2 Level. Many students decide to pursue Religious Studies at AS and A-Level where they study Philosophy and Ethics. Students study both religious and secular ethical systems and apply these to the issue of sexual ethics. Students also logically analyse a range of arguments both for and against the existence of God and also explore the paranormal in terms of miracles and the afterlife.

The Philosophy and Religious Studies department plays a central role in the school curriculum in helping pupils to be tolerant and caring individuals and thus makes a major contribution in equipping them with valuable learning for life.